Former Tamworth striker Akwasi Asante has been revealed as a shock new signing for National League North side Gloucester City.
The 27-year-old never got going at the Lamb under Dennis Greene before initially moving on loan to Chester, scoring a hat-trick on his debut.
His spell at the Swansway Chester Stadium was soon made permanent when the Seals parted with a club-record fee to bag his signing.
It looked to be a shrewd move by joint managers Anthony Johnson and Bernard Morley who watched their new main man hit 22 goals last season – with the Dutchman’s goals-per-minute ratio bettered only by Sergio Aguero in the top six leagues in England.
Gloucester already raised eyebrows last season after signing former Solihull Moors captain Liam Daly – and now ambitious James Rowe has done it again.
Speaking to his new club’s official website, Asante admitted it was a chance to link up with the Tigers’ boss that edged the deal over the line.
“I’m delighted to have signed and get the deal over the line, it didn’t take very long to make my mind up with James Rowe being the manager here,” Asante said.
“I’ve known him for 10 years, he coached me as a 17 year old at Birmingham City. James has always stayed in touch with me over the years and kept an eye on my career.
He tried to sign me over the years when he was at Aldershot as assistant, but we never managed to sort it out and I now feel like the time is right.
“I had a few offers from other clubs and some even offering better wages but I like the ambition and the project at Gloucester City and I want to be a part of that with James Rowe.”
“It’s a fresh start for me and I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’ll give it my all every day on and off the pitch”.
Asante underwhelmed many at Tamworth with just five goals in his 24 appearances after signing from Grimsby Town in 2018.
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